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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Building Air Quality Guide: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers

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A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers
EPA 402-F-91-102, December 1991 – The Building Air Quality (BAQ), developed by the EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, provides practical suggestions on preventing, identifying and resolving indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in public and commercial buildings. This guidance:

  • provides information on factors affecting indoor air quality
  • describes how to develop an IAQ profile of building conditions and create an IAQ management plan
  • describes investigative strategies to identify causes of IAQ problems
  • and provides criteria for assessing alternative mitigation strategies, determining whether a problem has been resolved and deciding whether to consult outside technical specialists.

Other topics included in the guide are:

  • key problem causing factors
  • air quality sampling
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • moisture problems
  • and additional sources of information

You can download the document in it's entirely, as well as in parts.

TAB I: Basics

TAB II: Preventing IAQ Problems

TAB III: Resolving IAQ Problems

  • Section 6: Diagnosing IAQ Problems
    • Overview: Conducting an IAQ Investigation
    • Initial Walkthrough
    • Collecting Additional Information
    • Collecting Information About Occupant Complaints
    • Using the Occupant Data
    • Collecting Information about the HVAC System
    • Using the HVAC System Data
    • Collecting Information about Pollutant Pathways and Driving Forces
    • Using Pollutant Pathway Data
    • Collecting Information on Pollutant Sources
    • Using Pollutant Source Data
    • Sampling Air for Contaminants and Indicators
    • Complaints Due to Conditions Other Than Poor Air Quality
    • Forming and Testing Hypotheses
  • Section 7: Mitigating IAQ Problems
    • Background: Controlling Indoor Air Problems
    • Sample Problems and Solutions
    • Judging Proposed Mitigation Designs and Their Successes
  • Section 8: Hiring Professional Assistance to Solve an IAQ Problem
    • Make Sure That Their Approach Fits Your Needs
    • Selection Criteria

TAB IV: Appendices

TAB V: Indoor Air Quality Forms

Building Air Quality Action Plan

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EPA 402-K-98-001, June 1998 – The Building Air Quality Action Plan meets the needs of building owners and managers who want an easy-to-understand path for taking their building from current conditions and practices to the successful institutionalization of good IAQ management practices. It emphasizes changing how you operate and maintain your building, not increasing the amount of work or cost of maintaining your building. The BAQ Action Plan follows 8 logical steps and includes a 100-item Checklist that is designed to help verify implementation of the Action Plan. This guidance is available here only as a PDF file.